Sappho

Once a month here on the Molten Sulfur Blog, I run content taken from our book Archive: Historical People, Places, and Events for RPGs. This post is one of eighty entries in Archive, each more gameable than the last! This post is brought to you by beloved Patreon backer Colin Wixted. Thanks for helping keep […]

The Marriage Politics of Blanche of Castille

Blanche of Castille was Queen of France from 1223 to 1252. She was a juggernaut – one of the most powerful people on the continent. She led spy rings, commanded armies, and helped turn France into the pre-eminent power in Europe. The story of how she negotiated a marriage for her son, King Louis IX (the […]

Family Strife and Secret Language in the Fall of Gao

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“No, I’m the Real Martin Guerre!”

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Five Old Ibibio Women

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Rudivoravan: Fallen Princess Turned Cold War Broadcaster

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A Wedding to Remember: Three Lais by Marie de France

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Kunming Stone Forest

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Earnest Pleas in Early Muslim Poetry

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Jashodaben Modi

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Lower-Class NPCs from the Medieval Joke Book

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High Society NPCs from Aubrey’s Lives

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Occult NPCs from Aubrey’s Lives

Back in November, we looked at a weird ghost story from an even weirder source: Aubrey’s Brief Lives. This week we return to the Lives to look at his biographies of nine bizarre occult NPCs from 1600s Britain. Some were (according to Aubrey anyway) literally haunted by the ghosts of their sins; others were outright […]

The Bizarre Court-Martial of Francesco Caracciolo

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Shen Fu’s Complicated Family

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